Science & Arts Collaboration for Dynamic Research Communication

Explore Science Communication through Dance!

Astrophysicist Paul M. Sutter & SYREN Dancers in front of a city skyline

Image courtesy of Paul M. Sutter

Join Dr. Paul M. Sutter (astrophyscist and award-winning science communicator) and Syren Modern Dance company to witness effective science communication through the medium of dance. Concepts such as Einstein’s theories of special and general relativity, the arrow of time, and our human experiences of perception and memory come alive in motion. Sutter, who is a NASA advisor and U.S. cultural ambassador, will emphasize how scientists and artists can learn from each other, with tips on how to leverage the intersections between disciplines. 

  • 11:30 a.m.: Over lunch, Paul and Lynn Peterson, artistic director of Syren Modern Dance, will discuss the shared creation of “Ticktock,” with an emphasis on how artists and scientists can uniquely collaborate. 
  • 4:30 p.m.: A live showing of “Ticktock” will follow later in the day. It uses narrative sequences and highly physical movement to explore the nature of time. (Please register for “Ticktock" separately.)

"Ticktock" has sold out showings at many venues, including The American Association for the Advancement of Science (DC), and The National Academy of Sciences (DC). It has also been presented at the World’s Fair (Dubai), Museum of Science, Boston (MA), Bryant Park Contemporary Dance Festival (NY), and the Houston Museum of Natural Science (TX). 

These events are co-sponsored by Council on Science and Technology, GradFUTURES, and Science Outreach. 


Paul M. Sutter, Ph.D.
Research Professor, Institute for Advanced Computational Science, Stony Brook University
Skill-Building Workshop Speaker
Lynn Peterson
Artistic Director, SYREN Modern Dance
Skill-Building Workshop Speaker

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